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Do you experience heavy legs and edema on a daily basis? A bad lymphatic circulation may be the cause. To remedy this, lymphatic drainage is the solution. Discover in this article its benefits and technique.

What is lymphatic drainage?

Manual lymphatic drainage is a massage technique that stimulates the circulation of lymph and detoxifies the body, while strengthening the immune system. Lymph is essential to our immunity. It is composed of interstitial liquid (liquid in which our cells bathe) and macrophage cells that protect the body from toxins, bacteria, infections… which it filters with the lymph nodes. The lymph then enters the bloodstream through the thoracic duct and the large lymphatic vein. This technique is generally used for medical or aesthetic purposes.

The benefits of lymphatic drainage are multiple. First of all, it helps to treat problems related to blood circulation such as varicose veins, edema and venous insufficiency. It is also useful in the fight against cellulite.

How to realize a lymphatic drainage?

You can perform a lymphatic drainage in an institute or at a physiotherapist’s, but it is also possible to do it at home.

Using your fingers, apply pressure on one of your lymphatic points and then massage, with our Shea Butter, this point using circular movements for about ten seconds. Repeat the same step many times on the concerned area. The Shea Butter will allow you to have smoother movements and it helps to fight against cellulite. However, there are 90 lymphatic points in the body. So the points to massage will depend on your problem.

Some gestures to adopt

In order to amplify the effects of lymphatic drainage on your body, here are some tips to follow:

  • Wear compression stockings to promote blood circulation.
  • Take a cold shower: run your legs under a jet of cold water in the morning and evening.
  • Privilege a balanced food. The dietary supplement based on Horse chestnut contributes to a good circulation by promoting the tone of the venous system.
  • Avoid eating too much salt.
  • Do sports regularly to fight against the feeling of heavy legs.

Discover here the benefits of another technique: facial massage.

Institut Karité Paris

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